Rotherham’s pursuit of Lee Gregory may yet be revived after boss Alan Stubbs refused to rule out going back in for the Millwall striker.
The Millers have been targeting Gregory for much of the summer, but a deal appeared dead after a £1.4million bid was rejected by the League One club in July.
Despite that, there have been continued rumblings that a move may still happen before Wednesday’s transfer deadline and Stubbs did not pour cold water on speculation.
Asked directly if they could return for Gregory, the Millers boss said: “I think we have moved on,” he said. “You’re going to have four days when you’re going to have lots of discussions, lots of phone calls, where you thought something was dead and it’s revived, whether it’s through the parent club, through us, through the agent, through the player.
“It will be a really busy period. One call will surprise you in that it’s to say ‘he’s available’ and another call will be disappointing in that a player is not available. That’s the way it’s going to be. It’s going to be a rollercoaster towards the close of the window.”
Millers won’t stretch to Armstrong
One player Stubbs was happy to rule out bringing to New York Stadium is Adam Armstrong.
The Newcastle striker has been heavily linked with loan move to the Millers this week, but Stubbs said he has never been a target.
“Adam Armstrong isn’t a player we are interested in signing,” revealed Stubbs.
The Millers now have less than a week to get a striker through the door and finally end a summer-long search, which has become a saga.
Stubbs has faced nothing but disappointment in his quest for additional attacking options, but hopes his patience is rewarded by Wednesday night.
“I’m very hopeful of having a new striker in by Wednesday night. It’s common knowledge that we’ve been in for a few strikers, but for whatever reason – whether it’s been price or unrealistic discussions – it hasn’t happened.
“We have been trying. It has to be the right person. When you’re spending money, you want the player to blend in with what we’re trying to instil here.”
“He has to be the right age, it has to be a player who has potential, it has to be a player who has value. I’me hopeful we get across the line a striker who fits that criteria before the deadline on Wednesday.”